A teenager has been charged with murder after the body of a 64-year-old man was found in a burnt-out house on the NSW North Coast.
Emergency services were called to the rural property in Smiths Creek, about 40km north west of Lismore, on Sunday evening, August 16, following reports a property was well alight.
Police established a crime scene after the 64-year-old's body was found inside the home.
Detectives from Richmond Police District with assistance from the State Crime Command established Strike Force Kumulla to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze.
On Friday detectives arrested a 17-year-old male at a home in Kyogle and charged him at Casino Police Station with murder, improperly interfere with a corpse and malicious damage by fire.
He was refused bail and will appear in a children's court at Parramatta on Saturday.